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I am in the market for a pair of ski boots.  I have never owned a pair of ski boots before and didn't know much at all about them until about two weeks ago.  I would consider myself a good intermediate skier who skis blues with confidence and some blacks.  I ski the greens and easy blues a bit with my wife and son who is just learning.  I have been skiing off and on throughout my life.  I am approximately 6'1" and 230 lbs.  I have read of the impact a properly fitted boot can make on ones ability to improve their skiing, which is what I want to do.  I have tried on several boots.  The ones I like the best and feel the most comfortable are the Dalbello Boss and Salomon X Pro 120.

I personally like the Salomon better as far as fit but am just a little concerned that it may be too stiff.  However, this is not based on any objective information as I have never paid that much attention to boots before.  I've always rented.  However, the boot fitter made the comment that I was "crushing" boot when I flexed it.  It sounded like he was engaging in a little hyperbole which I took to mean I was flexing it just fine.  I have tried these boots on at two different shops with different fitters and on different days so was difficult to remember how they compared to one another.  The Dalbello is around 100-110 and therefore theoretically a little softer.  Also, I realize that boot flex is not standardized and one manufacturer's 100 is not necessarily the same as another's.  Given this, my main questions are:


1: Does someone have a feel for the flexes of different brands and how they compare just from experience?


2: Given the above height, weight, and ability level, does it sound reasonable that someone with those particulars would be ok in the Salomon X Pro 120s?  Not asking if this is the right boot for me.  Just wondering if this scenario sound plausible or if someone has any anecdotal experience with a similar situation.


3: Is a more performance oriented boot still comfortable/ok to ski the easier terrain with?


At the end of the day, I am just looking for a good all around boot for my ability level and type of skiing.


Again, both boots feel very comfortable out of the box and according to the fitters, I can flex them fine in the shop.  It seems like it's going to come down to personal preference for me except for the difference in stiffness.  The fitter told me I definitely have the power to drive the Salomon boot so it sounds like it may just be an issue with adjusting to a properly fitted boot vs. the rentals.


Any advice is greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to EpicSki.  There are a few things you need to do before you worry about what boot to buy.  First of all, read this article,  After you read and understand it, go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and the read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" to see is there is a boot fitter either near where you live or near where you ski.  If there is, call and make an appointment so you can boots that actually your feet as opposed to buying boots that might be better on someone else's feet.  If there isn't a fitter listed near you, tell us where you live and someone will be able to recommend a good fitter.  Be aware that the sales people who work in the big box stores like Sports Authority do not know anything about fitting boots and many of them do not even ski.  If you go into a ski shop to try boots and they do not do a shell fit(explained in the article) that person also doesn't know anything about fitting boots.  It is real easy to bet a pair of boots that are 2 sizes too big, unfortunately you have to work at getting boots that actually fit your feet.  But, I can tell you from experience that it is worth the effort.

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